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The Shih Tzu Dog: Everything You Need To Know

Jul 2, 2008
Deciding to go for that cute and adorable little Shih Tzu you saw in the paper is a choice that many make based on the cuteness factor that these little dogs have. But, before anyone decides to bring a Shih Tzu into his or her home and into their lives, you need to consider many things about the personality of the Shih Tzu dog so that you know this dog is the perfect match for you.

The best thing that you can do to make sure that the expectations you have for your dog match and compare that to what the Shih Tzu dog will be able to give based on their personality. It is best to really sit down and think about your lifestyle and how much time you will have to devote one-on-one attention and time to your Shih Tzu dog. Some breeds of dogs require more attention then others so this is something you really must consider. Write out a list of what you would and would not be acceptable from your dog and compare that to the typical personality of the Shih Tzu dog.

Now, it is time to think about the Shih Tzu dog and their breed personalities. Although, not every dog, no matter the breed, will always fit one hundred percent into this well-defined checklist, it is a good guideline to get a feel of what you may expect from this type of breed. You may have written down that you are looking for a dog that does not require a lot of outdoor exercise because of your health reasons. If so, this breed is perfect as they do not require much exercise and they are not as yappy as other toy breeds and therefore will not drive your neighbors crazy.

The Shih Tzu dog is also not as yappy as other toy breeds, which would make them a great fit into a family that has neighbors close by or just does not like constant barking. This particular breed also does not need a lot of exercise and therefore is great for those who can not get out as much as other people. A Shih Tzu dog is also known for being stuck up but this is not the case at all. While they are a proud and dignified breed, they are also very playful and a happy pet to have in your home.

But if you are looking for a breed that will not be prone to a lot of problems, which can require costly vet bills, then this breed may not be for you. The Shih Tzu dog is prone to many things but problems with their breathing are often the most noted issue.

These dogs are prone to skin and kidney issues and complications along with being ulnerable to eye injury because of their large and shallow eyes.

One thing to keep in mind that when owning a Shih Tzu dog, you might run into the costly issue of vet bills as their short face and their nose structure can lead to breathing difficulties.

Their shallow-set, yet large, eyes are at risk to infection and injury. This breed is also known to have some disk problems in their back along with kidney and skin problems so this is something to consider before jumping into owning a Shih Tzu dog.
About the Author
About the author: Rebecca Simpson is an avid lover of the Shih Tzu and owns a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Shih Tzu. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Shih Tzu Behavior plus a whole lot more.
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